Faculty and Staff

  • Bernice Foust
    Program Assistant - Computing Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics
    Duke 209
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6257

    Bernice serves as the Program Assistant for the Computing Sciences, and the Mathematics and Statistics Department, and assist with the Elon College Fellows program. She joined Elon University in August 1999 after working at Alamance Community College as a secretary in the Registrar's Office.  She also brings 17 years of leadership experience working as a supervisor at Kayser-Roth Hosiery.  She has been married for 32 years to husband, Edward, and they have a daughter, Jessica '11.   In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.  She also enjoys working in her church and community.

  • Ayesha Delpish
    Associate Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Duke 209F
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6204

    Dr. Ayesha Delpish joined the Elon University in the Fall of 2005.  Dr. Delpish specializes in educational measurement & testing, and multivariate statistics, including Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Reliability Theory, Item-Response Theory, and related quantitative methods. She is also very interested in understanding how students learn statisical concepts.

    Dr. Delpish regularly presents at state and national conferences for statistical and educational associations. A native of the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Dr. Delpish currently serves as the Chair of Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

  • Skip Allis
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6250

    Dr. Allis has been a member of the Mathematics (now Mathematics and Statistics) department at Elon since 1995 when he completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  More recently he has been pursuing a PhD in Higher Education from UNCG.  His research interests are in developmental education at public community college, especially related to who teaches the courses.

    Skip's wife, Celeste, is the Dean of Mathematics and Science at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, NC.  They have no children, but together they have 12 cats and are currently fostering kittens for the Guilford County Animal Shelter.  Skip enjoys watching sports, currently especially football and European soccer.

  • Crista Arangala
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307F
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6249
    Specialty: Teacher Scholar

    Dr. Crista Arangala is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Elon University.

    She received degrees from Allegheny College, PA, and the University of Cincinnati. She is a numerical analyst with interests in partial differential equations and inverse problems but currently focuses much of her energy on undergraduate research. Upon coming to Elon in 2000, she mentored over 25 students in undergraduate research projects, many of which are related to applied linear algebra. Dr. Arangala is very interested in inquiry learning both in and outside of the classroom.  She is the co-director (and co-founder) of the Elon Traveling Science Center, where Elon undergraduate students develop science and math exhibits for both local and international exhibitions.




  • Chad Awtrey
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6299
    Specialty: Number theory, undergraduate research

    Dr. Awtrey joined Elon University in 2010 after completing his graduate work at Arizona State University. His main research interests lie in algebraic number theory, p-adic fields, and computational Galois theory.

    A passionate proponent of undergraduate research, Dr. Awtrey regularly engages undergraduates in problems related to his research program, and he fosters a commitment in his students to disseminate their work through publications and national/regional presentations. From 2013-2015, his work in mentoring undergraduate research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#DMS-1148695) through the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. In recognition of his success in mentoring undergraduate research, Dr. Awtrey received the 2014 Early Career Mentoring Award from the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science within the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

    A dedicated teacher-scholar, Dr. Awtrey received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award while at Arizona State in 2008, and he was chosen as a 2010 national Project NExT fellow. From 2012-2014, Dr. Awtrey's SoTL research on Writing to Learn and Writing in the Disciplines was supported by a generous grant through Elon University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

    From 2014-2017, Dr. Awtrey will serve as councilor for both CUR and Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the national mathematics honor society. In addition, he currently serves on the Scientific Committee for the UNC Greensboro Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference and as the Business Manager of the PME Journal.

    Dr. Awtrey's Homepage.

  • James Beuerle
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 209B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6284

    I have been a member of the Math and Statistics department since 2000. I did my graduate work in group theory, where I focused on Nonabelian Tensor Squares of metacyclic p-Groups. I am currently (Fall 2014) teaching 2 sections of Calculus I. While not at school, I like spending time with my daughters Lauren and Rachel. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, woodworking, COOKING, playing golf; both the disc variety and ball variety, and reading science fiction novels. I am a member of the AMS, MAA, NCCTM, NCSM and USGA(golf).

  • Jeff Clark
    Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6248

    I've been teaching mathematics at Elon since 1988, with a year off (1991-1992) for good behavior.

    Member:  American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America

  • Kirstie Doehler
    Associate Professor of Statistics
    Duke 201A
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6473

    Kirsten Doehler received her Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University and joined the Elon faculty in 2008. Her academic interests include nonparametric statistics, survival analysis, statistical consulting, statistics education, and attitudes toward statistics. She is originally from Rochester, New York but has lived in North Carolina since graduating from college. Kirsten ("Kirstie") enjoys spending time with her children and husband. She also likes to run, participate in spin classes, and practice Bikram Yoga.

    Please visit Kirsten Doehler's web site to view more information and a full CV.

  • Todd Lee
    Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307A
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6256

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  • Excel Li
    Lecturer in Statistics
    Duke 209A
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6218

    Dr. Li joined Elon University in Fall 2012 after completing his Ph.D. degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His research focuses on developing hierarchical models, multiple comparisons in mixed models, Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methodology, and unbalanced mixed models in missing data field.  He is interested in collaborating statistics with different subjects both in research and teaching. He spent the past 6 years to develop and apply his own teaching philosophy which to help students understanding statistics in a better way. Beside his professional interests, Dr. Li enjoys golfing, tennis, travelling, hanging out with Elon Faculty and friends, and spending time with his wife, Xiangyi, and his new born son, Aaron.

  • Jan Mays
    Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
    Duke 201C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6297

    A native North Carolinian, I came to Elon in 2003.  My main academic interests are in math education, statistics, and general studies. I am the coordinator for the secondary mathematics teacher licensure program.  I have mentored students in mathematics and math education research.

    I am a member of NCTM, MAA, AMTE, and NCCTM and have presented sessions at both NCTM and NCCTM conferences. 


  • Kristen Mazur
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307E
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5233

    Kristen Mazur joined the Elon mathematics and statistics department in the fall of 2014 after spending a year as a visiting assistant professor at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Dr. Mazur received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia in May 2013. 

    Dr. Mazur's current research focuses on applying geometric methods to the science of voting in an agreeable society. Her graduate work was in algebraic topology and specifically studied the structure of Mackey and Tambara functors.

    In additon to teaching and doing math, Dr. Mazur enjoys ultimate frisbee, hiking, and most other outdoor activities. 

  • Lisa Rosenberg
    Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
    Duke 201B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6244

    Lisa Rosenberg, a Senior Lecturer, joined the Mathematics & Statistics Department at Elon in 2000. Originally from Long Island, she completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Binghamton University, NY.  She holds degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education.  

    Lisa's teaching career focuses primarily on courses within the Elon Core Curriculum- specifically teaching serveral courses of General Statistics each year.  She also teaches math content courses to the  pre-service elementary and middle grades students at Elon.   

    In 2004, Lisa co-published a paper entitled "Math and Education Faculty Working Together to Improve Content Knowledge for Pre-service Elementary Teachers", in the Proceedings from the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.  

    Throughout her tenure at Elon, Lisa has presented at national conferences, edited many mathematics & statistics manuscripts, and chaired numerous committees.  Most recently, she presented at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWAC) in MN in June 2014.  

    In 2014, Lisa was awarded a $5000 Writing Excellence Grant to purchase a classroom set of tablets.  Her scholarship is currently focusing on the effectiveness of using tablets for peer review within the General Statistics classroom.  She co-presented her work at the Teaching & Learning Conference in August 2014. The talk was entilted "Pixel Power: Three Ways to Engage Students with Mobile Devices."

    Lisa's academic honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Pi Mu Epsilon.

  • Alan Russell
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 209C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6243
    Alan Russell is associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of Mathematics. His research and publications focus on teaching and learning strategies using multiple software applications as well as origami manipulatives in the mathematics and statistics classrooms.  He has also published on the involvement of undergraduates seeking teaching licensure as co-investigators of teaching and learning projects.   Alan has a long history of leading professional development with both K-12 teachers and higher ed faculty on the use of multiple strategies and materials to enhance interactive classrooms.
  • Laura Taylor
    Associate Professor of Statistics
    Duke 307D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6493

    Dr. Laura Taylor has been at Elon University since Fall 2008.  She is an Associate Professor of Statistics.  Dr. Taylor primarily teachers courses in the Statistics major.  Her research interests include statistics education and recurrent competing risks.

  • Aaron Trocki
    Instructor in Mathematics
    Duke 209E
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5757
    Aaron Trocki joined the Elon faculty in 2014 providing instruction in Calculus I and Geometry for K-8 Teachers. He completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics and master degree in teaching mathematics in Illinois before moving to North Carolina. Since his move in 2003, he has taught in a number of public schools, community colleges, and universities and has worked towards a PhD in Mathematics Education at NC State University. He expects to complete this degree within the 2014-2015 academic year. His academic interests include calculus teaching, technology, teacher education, classroom discourse, philosophy of science, and history of mathematics. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois and enjoys spending time reading, watching foreign films, running, hiking and playing disc golf. Aaron and his wife love to travel and enjoy sharing their traveling stories.
  • Helen Walton
    Instructor in Mathematics
    Duke 209D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6242

    Helen Walton joined the math department in 1984. She teaches developmental and freshman level courses. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was actively involved in preparing the successful application to shelter a chapter on the Elon campus. The new chapter was installed in April, 2010, and she currently serves as Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.

    She has three children. Her oldest son, Drew, is an engineer for Hewlett Packard in California. Her daughter, Charlotte, is the Chief Financial Officer for Merge Records in Durham. Her younger son, Jeff, is a planner for the City of Wilmington. All are married, and Drew has three children.

    Professor Walton has been actively involved with several community organizations. Her passion is historic preservation, and she served as chairman of the Burlington Historic Preservation Commission for many years. She is a founding member of the board of directors of the Textile Heritage Museum, located north of Burlington. Additionally, she serves as the Secretary of the Administrative Council of Front Street United Methodist Church.

  • Karen Yokley
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307G
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5866

    Karen Yokley received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics with a concentration in computational mathematics from North Carolina State University in 2005.  Immediately following the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Yokley worked as a post-doctoral fellow in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency until she joined the Elon University faculty in 2008.  Her primary research focus is modeling biological systems with ordinary differential equations, but she also is very interested in connections between art and mathematics.  She has published her research in multiple journals, including Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and Risk Analysis.  Dr. Yokley’s husband, Dr. Nicholas Luke, is also an applied mathematician, and they have one son (who may or may not follow in his parents’ mathematical footsteps).

  • Richard Blue
    Adjunct Instructor in Mathematics
    Duke 204D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5328

    Professor Blue joined Elon University as an Adjunct Mathematics and Statistics faculty member in the Fall of 2011.  Prior to joining Elon he taught at Davidson County Community College as a full time member of the Mathematics and Computer Science faculty for nine years, and at Greensboro College as an Adjunct Mathematics faculty member for two years.  Prior to his teaching career he had a career of 31 years at Western Electric/AT&T as a Software Engineer. 


    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

    Master of Applied Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Andrew Dellinger
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5328

    Dr. Andrew Dellinger joined the faculty of Elon University in Fall 2013. He is currently teaching MTH110. As recently as December, 2013, he performed statistical analysis for phase I clinical cancer trials at Duke University, and developed new statistical methods for pathway analysis and survival analysis in cancer and NAFLD. He was at Duke University from 2006-2013 performing bioinformatic and statistical analyses on cancer and human genetic studies. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from NCSU in 2006, with his B.S. in Computer Science from NCSU in 2000, and with his B.S. in Pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1997. He is a native of Hickory, North Carolina.

  • Vinaya Kelkar
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6654
  • Andi Metts
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6654
  • Nancy Zarin
    Adjunct Instructor in Mathematics
    Duke 204B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6654

    Nancy Zarin joined the teaching staff of Elon in the Fall of 2009, after many years in the corporate world in NYC.

    My educations began when I was studying mathematics at Brandeis University from which I received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with the University highest math award. I spent a few years, mostly at the University of Oxford, Oxford England studying Human Biology and genetics.

    I then went to the Sloan School of Management at MIT where I concentrated in operations management.

    I love teaching and the Elon students are a joy to teach.